Gill Grose describes herself simply as a sixty-something serial volunteer who is a book, travel and tree lover, but there is far more to her story.
When the ex-librarian retired more than eight years ago, Gill looked for something constructive to keep her occupied and through a series of events she landed up volunteering 30 minutes of her time twice a week to help children who were struggling at school.
Gill however, soon realised that there was a much greater need and it wasn't long before she was volunteering four days a week at an under resourced primary school , and providing several hundreds of children aged 6 to 14 years, from largely disadvantaged backgrounds, access to books and advice about reading. An initiative that has been life changing for a significant number of her readers, as well as giving her life profound value.
Unlike many of our speakers who applied for the opportunity to speak at our main event on Saturday, 17 November, Gill was nominated by a couchsurfer. We are very happy that she very bravely thought, what the heck… she'd step up to the challenge!
Gill shared some thoughts with us around what she hopes to gain from her TEDxCapeTown experience, the things that inspire her and more...
What inspires you to get out of bed in the morning?
Volunteering, learning new things and inspiring children to expand their horizons.
What do you hope to gain from this experience?
Confidence to speak in public, encourage others to donate books, and to meet other positive individuals with a zest for life.
If you had a superpower what would it be?
Speaking and understanding multiple languages.
What's your favourite TED/ TEDx talk?
Nick Bostrum - ‘What happens when our computers get smarter than we are’.
If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why?
An elephant, because they exist in a matriarchal society that promotes communal living. They are also non-violent herbivores who give birth to only one offspring at a time and they never forget..
If you could time travel, where would you go?
Thirty years into the future to see my grandchildren or 100 years back to meet my grandparents.